Forty three years ago Martin Luther King Jr was killed - -fighting to end segregation in this country. Even though his efforts dramatically changed the legal rights of minorities in this country, sadly, our schools may be even more segregated than they were before.
According to a study by UCLA, the average white child in America attends a school that is 77% white, and where just 32% of the student body lies in poverty.
Fifty four percent of White students attend a school with more than 80% of the students who are White. More than 70% of White students attend a school that is 70% or more white.
The average Black child attends a school that is only 29% white, and 59% poor.
Latinos go to schools that are 27% White and 57% poor -- and 1/3 ofBblack and Latino children sit in a classrooom that are 90-100% Black and Latino.
The Kansas City school district resembles this continued segregation, with 87% of the students in the KCMO school district being Black (63.9%) or Hispanic (24.7%). On the flip side, 92.5% of the students in the Blue Valley School District, and 91% in the Shawnee Mission School District, are White.
Sadly, 43 years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, and in spite of the some much needed changes in laws, our schools are not really less segregated than they were prior to his death.